As a Catholic school for young women, St Columba's College is guided by the educational mission of the Sisters of Charity.
In embracing this Mission, we, the community of St Columba's College, dedicate ourselves with enthusiasm and hope to developing:
- A love of learning
- Strong educational endeavour
- A deepening of faith
- A commitment to justice.
In doing so we aim to provide the opportunity for the development of each person's full potential in an environment where the individual is respected and which places God at the centre of our lives.
TRADITIONS AND VALUES
St Columba's College is guided by the traditions and charisms of the Sisters of Charity, encompassed by Mary Aikenhead Ministries.
At St Columba's College, we value:
We recognise that learning is the primary purpose of a school and that all members of the school community are involved in learning. All activities in the school contribute to learning and the development of the skills and talents of each individual student. In valuing learning we:
- Challenge students to achieve their personal best
- Aim to develop independent and critical thinkers.
- Provide experiences that encourage curiosity and promote a love of learning.
- Encourage participation and celebrate achievements
- Accept change and support each other as we encounter its challenges
As part of the wider Church and its mission, we embrace the Catholic Tradition and the heritage of the Sisters of Charity. We provide the opportunity for each person to develop a relationship with God and to explore personal spirituality. In valuing faith we:
- Foster the deepening of spirituality through prayer and other faith experiences.
- Celebrate in liturgy our relationships with God and others.
- Encourage students and staff to live out the Gospel values.
- Foster a respect for other religious traditions.
- Challenge students to explore their rightful role in the Church and its future direction.
We recognise and encourage the need to be involved in living out justice in the school, local and international community. We aim to provide a model that enables us to establish relationships of respect and acceptance. In valuing justice, we:
- Recognise the dignity of the individual
- Foster self-worth and self-discipline in a loving environment.
- Nurture the development of right relationships through the provision of just structures and processes.
- Develop awareness of injustices and provide opportunities for involvement in local and international justice issues.
We seek to sustain and nourish our diverse and ever growing community as one in which all members enjoy a sense of belonging. In valuing community, we:
- Welcome all and create occasions to celebrate together.
- Recognise the importance of the family in its many forms in the lives of our students.
- Provide opportunities to experience leadership and to benefit from the guidance of others.
- Continue a tradition of service to each other and to the local community.
- Encourage the development of enduring friendships.
Because of the Resurrection of Christ we are able to live in hope. In valuing hope we:
Communicate the Gospel message of Hope.
Promote an optimistic and joyful attitude to life.
Practise reconciliation so that when we fail we have the confidence to move forward in growth.
Acknowledge that perseverance is essential if we are to live in a spirit of hope.
MARY AIKENHEAD MINISTRIES
St Columba’s College is under the governance of the Mary Aikenhead Ministries (MAM) education arm, Mary Aikenhead Education. As a MAM college, St Columba’s College aims to serve the community by providing a high-quality Catholic education within the wider context of Catholic Education in Australia.
Mary Aikenhead Education is the steward to the College, providing leadership in mission, advancing Catholic education, supporting and promoting the charitable efforts of the College, and strengthening the commitment to educating girls in the Catholic tradition.
St Columba’s is committed to the mission of Mary Aikenhead Ministries, with the College Board enacting the values of supporting the poor and marginalised students within our community.